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The Old Man and the Sea Audiobook
The Old Man and the Sea
Written by: 
Ernest Hemingway
Narrated by: 
Donald Sutherland
The Old Man and the Sea Audiobook

The Old Man and the Sea

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Hemingway's short, evocative sentences have never worked better than in this novella written at the twilight of his career. Donald Sutherland achieves an astonishing performance as old man Santiago, in this story of failure, reckless determination, and victory. –Corey Thrasher

Publisher's Summary

The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal, a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss.

Written in 1952, this hugely successful novella confirmed Hemingway's power and presence in the literary world and played a large part in his winning the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature.

©1952 Ernest Hemingway; (P)2006 Simon and Schuster Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon and Schuster Audio Division, Simon and Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Finalist, Solo Narration - Male, 2007

What Members Say

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    M.A. Wilson 11-09-14
    M.A. Wilson 11-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Donald Sutherland Could Read Me The Dictionary!"
    What did you like best about The Old Man and the Sea? What did you like least?

    This was my first time listening to a classic on audible and I really enjoyed it. Man vs the Sea. I loved hearing how much respect this old man had for the sea and the creatures in it. It was mostly a man thinking to himself, alone, out on the open sea, trying to catch the biggest fish of his life. I doubt I would have been able to get through this book but Donald Sutherland kept my interest. I was glad I listened to it.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Lane Plano, TX USA 10-16-12
    John Lane Plano, TX USA 10-16-12 Member Since 2011

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    "I'm just not a Hemingway fan"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I just didn't care for it. It's okay but there are so many good books out there I wouldn't bother with this.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Slouching towards Bethlehem.


    What three words best describe Donald Sutherland’s voice?

    Tired, Lacking emotion. As an actor, he has a great voice and is very easy to listen to. But his staccato delivery may be correct for the old man character, but I increasingly found it dull.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. Just a sad story.


    Any additional comments?

    I have tried a few Hemingway books and I'm just not a fan. I always feel like I am missing something. His short choppy sentences distract me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Maureen 02-06-12
    Maureen 02-06-12
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    "In its own league"

    Perfect combination of story and reader. The writing is so simple, sentences so chopped, it required an actor's reading. Donald Sutherland doesn't rush a word or a sentence. It's rivetting each moment, ironically in a story where time passes so slowly. I felt that I was in the presence of masters, both writer and reader. The few obvious times where there was an edit and the volume changed were the only times I had a jolt into reality.
    I had tears in my eyes when it ended, simply to have to leave the harsh and tender beauty of the fiction.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Lakeside, CA, United States 01-08-11
    Debbie Lakeside, CA, United States 01-08-11
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    "Poetry"

    This audio was short but beautiful. I can't imagine a better choice of narrator. Perfect match.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Santa Monica, CA, USA 05-04-06
    Michael Santa Monica, CA, USA 05-04-06
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    "Extremely well read"

    This is a modern classic I always wanted to experience. The stark language and biblical simplicity of the book is quite haunting. Some have criticized the book as being too obvious. However, I see this as Hemingway's tool for creating the overall tone. Some have speculated that the sharks Santiago faces in the book is Hemingway's metaphor of the relationship between himself and the literary critics. Who knows? In any case Donald Sutherland was a great narrator. I was very happy with this purchase

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn calgary, AB, Canada 04-16-16
    Dawn calgary, AB, Canada 04-16-16 Member Since 2010

    I'm an audiobook narrator and I listen to a lot of audiobooks. Happy to share my thoughts on books I've enjoyed.

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    "Expected So Much More"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If they were interested in reading the book then I would simply because there aren't any other choices of narrator.


    What aspect of Donald Sutherland’s performance would you have changed?

    I expected so much more from Donald Sutherland, especially given all of the "5" ratings that he has been given for this book. I am convinced this rating must be a knee jerk reaction based on his name. I believe it COULD have been great as his voice is perfect for this title. I was excited that he was the one reading it - until I listened. He did not apply his vast talent to this narration, IMHO. Had he done so, it would have been a much, much better book.


    Any additional comments?

    This recording is far below today's standards with page turns and odd breaths/sounds/mouth noises being left in. If you can find another narration read by a decent narrator, chose that one instead.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rukus May 04-06-16
    Rukus May 04-06-16
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    "All in one day"

    I started listening while working and didn't stop until I finished. What a great story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Singapore, Singapore 10-28-13
    Matthew Singapore, Singapore 10-28-13 Member Since 2013

    Moving further from work extended my daily commute... thank God for Audible.

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    "A conflicted review for a conflicted experience"

    This was the worst audiobook narration I’ve ever heard. I can only guess Sutherland was attempting to embody the exhaustion of the beaten-down, resilient old fisherman. But honestly, he sounded as bored and tired as I felt. There were entire passages I could barely understand because of the mumbly, comatose, fatigued delivery. It was so bad it was borderline comical.

    The saving grace is that the story is mercifully short – knowing it was going to end quickly was the only thing that kept me listening.

    As for the narrative itself, this was my first encounter with “The Old Man…”, and I’m so disappointed it was under these circumstances.

    During the reading I couldn’t find anything in the story that captured me. It was sparse and repetitive and – I hate to say it – boring. The emotional punch doesn’t come until the very, very end. And at that moment I could barely muster any response other than relief (that it was over) and bafflement (that this is considered a classic).

    But I like to allow a few days or a week before reviewing… to allow the text space to have its impact. I’ve found myself lingering on the mundane tragedy of the old man and the gentle broken heartedness of the young boy. And I’m ruminating on the old man’s tender acceptance of life’s harsh realities.

    These post-reading thoughts are making this a terribly difficult book to review. How can I want to re-experience something I didn’t enjoy at all? So maybe that’s why this qualifies as a classic?!

    I will most likely reread the book (as text not audio), and may possibly have a different opinion after Round 2. But in the meantime, I’m giving my honest response to a first-time exposure. My three-star review is intended to represent the awful experience during, and the delayed emotional punch that came after.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca 03-31-13
    Rebecca 03-31-13 Member Since 2009

    Love to read, and Audible has made the two-hour daily commute enjoyable!

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    "Man vs. Nature, Society and Himself"

    I read this years ago, and forgot much of it. I remembered the fight against the fish, but not that the story is also about man trying to make it in society, and understanding himself.

    The brutality of Santiago fighting against the 18' marlin for his survival had a nobility to it. The detail was incredible - the tension when he first hooks the fish, how he physically and spiritually sustains himself during the battle only to be defeated by sharks.

    I loved the old man's relationship with the boy, and was surprised and amused by their mutual love of DiMaggio and baseball.

    Sutherland's narration was wonderful - it made me slow down and really feel the language and get caught up in it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deanna D 12-09-12
    Deanna D 12-09-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A Quick Must Read"
    If you could sum up The Old Man and the Sea in three words, what would they be?

    Perserverance, Strength, and Inspiration.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Old Man is the focus of the story. You connect with his pain and struggle and want to be able to take over the ropes for him for a little bit if you could.


    What about Donald Sutherland’s performance did you like?

    His voice was so lulling yet dramatic. He was so perfect for this book. I loved this book before listening to it, but after hearing Donald Sutherland read it, I love it even more.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It is definitely one you can listen to in one sitting, becasue of its length and interest. I would listen to it again as well for a quick yet powerful read.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Sutherland is very monotonous"

    The reading of narrator Donald Sutherland is very monotonous. It is difficult to listen to a longer periods of time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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